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Christmas celebrates the birth of Christ. The day of the feast is called repeatedly by Augustine of Hippo natalis (Domini), and the day of the birth nativitas (Christi/Domini nostri Iesu Christi); for a compilation of places where Augustine uses the respective terms to denominate the festival see M. Klöckener (2012, 151). These two Latin words are generic wor…

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Förster, Hans, “Christmas”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 September 2022 <>
First published online: 2018

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